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Arthur Collins
Train Fatality

Arthur Collins of Chicago, locomotive engineer for the Chicago & Northwestern who formerly resided in Dixon, met a tragic death just east of the Dixon passenger station presumably late last night, his body which had been cut in two, being discovered about 6 am this morning less than a block east of the station. He apparently had been struck by a westbound train during the night and instantly killed. The body was removed to the Jones funeral home where an inquest was to be conducted later in the day.

Collins, who as about 48 years old, had been in the employ of the Northwestern since about 1918 when he returned from service overseas at the expiration of WW I. He was reported to have arrived in Dixon from Chicago last evening about 7:30 planning to spend a week here visiting at the home of Mrs. Mary Blackburn, his mother-in-law who resided at 822 Galena Avenue.

Relatives today stated that he recently took a 30 day leave of absense from his duties as engineer on one of the streamliner trains to rest and had planned to spend a week here. His wife, the former Helen Blackburn, of this city, was expected to arrive from Chicago today to take charge of the remains.

According to reports he spent some time visiting with railroad and friends at the passenger station after his arrival in Dixon last evening before departing to walk east along the tracks as had been his custom upon visits to Dixon to the home of his mother-in-law. He is presumed to have fallen across the west bound main track and his body severed.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Collins of Rochelle who survive him. Two brothers, William of Aurora and John of Chicago; his widow; one daughter Miss Kathleen at home and one son Arthur M. who is in training at the army veterinary school at Ames Iowa, also survive, together with a host of friends.

Dixon Telegraph 02 June 1944

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